The contents of this article is not to be considered as medical advice. This information is based on yogic and energy healing viewpoints. If you have a serious medical condition, you should consult with a doctor.
The endocrine glands produce hormones to help the body function optimally. The glands work with the nervous system, the endocrine system, the chakra system, other glands and the organs.
The body has two adrenal glands and they sit on top of each kidney. The adrenals work very closely with the kidneys, are associated with the second chakra and the water element. Emotionally, the adrenals can have to do with excess fear and survival. The main function of the adrenal glands are to produce and release hormones in response to illness and stress. Hormones associated with the adrenals include cortisol (carbohydrate metabolism), epinephrine (adrenaline), norepinephrine (hormone/ neurotransmitter) and aldosterone (sodium and water retention).
Specifically epinephrine and norepinephrine are found in the sympathetic nervous system and is the “fight” in the “fight or flight” response in the system. The sympathetic nervous systems functions as the “gas pedal” in the system and the parasympathetic operates as the “brake pedal”.
Norepinephrine plays a role in one’s overall mood and an imbalance can cause depression. Epinephrine is the adrenaline response in the body to stress. You may have heard heroic stories, for example, of mothers lifting cars off of their children, this is adrenaline. Other examples of adrenaline reactions can occur when playing a sport, in a confrontation, when something positive happens, etc. Adrenaline is a quick response that can allow one to react with unwavering focus and strength. Can you recall a time where your adrenaline was pumping in your body? What did you feel and what prompted it?
Adrenaline use in the body isn’t designed to be long term, but for short term responses. Many of us have come to rely on it too heavily. It can become like a drug and make one feel alive. We also can use adrenaline to push ourselves beyond our limits. This can be useful every once in a while, but extended use can be damaging to the nervous system, kidneys and creates imbalances in the body.
High adrenaline usage weakens the immune system thus leaving one prone to illness. We will typically push our nervous system to the limits when we aren’t listening to our bodies. It is like we treat our ourselves like a machine versus a human being. If this resonates with you, be sure to watch your attitudes towards yourself and work with them through yoga and meditation.
If you feel like you have overworked your adrenals or could use a tune-up, here are a few great Kundalini Yoga kriyas. In addition to yoga, be sure to learn to listen to your body and learn how to work with it, not against it. If the body is trying to communicate with you, learn to listen and honor it. Also alkalizing foods can be helpful in bringing the body back into balance, check out Yogi Bhajan’s Foods for Health and Healing book to learn more.
- Beyond Fatigue in Transformation Vol. 1, using the mantras Jaap Sahib, Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru, Sa Ta Na Ma, and Har Har Wahe Guru
- Exercise Set for the Kidneys from Kundalini Yoga for Youth and Joy with All Things Come from God, Living your Truth (Noble Woman), Har, and Wahe Guru Wahe Jio.
- Move the Glandular System in Infinity and Me
- Build Up the Glandular System and Inner Organs in Owner’s Manual for the Human Body
- Glandular System in Reaching Me in Me
- Pittra Kriya in Transformation Vol 1
- Meditation for the Lower Spine in Sadhana Guidelines
- Sunia(n) Antar Kriya in Praana Praanee Praanayam